• Everton is finally free of Oumar Niasse
  • Niasse faces uncertain football future
  • Everton gets added financial flexbility heading into next transfer window

Oumar Niasse's time at Goodison Park is coming to an end with his contract with Everton FC set to expire on June 30. He was once the third most expensive player on The Toffees' side, but the 30-year-old hardly proved his worth. Niasse made only 43 appearances with Everton and often found himself out on loan to Hull and Cardiff.

Niasse joined Everton in January 2016 from Lokomotiv Moscow. Roberto Martinez signed the Senegalese striker to for $16.73 million at the time, but Niasse never got to show he was worth the investment.

Things just got worse when Ronald Koeman came in to replace Rodriguez during the 2016-17 season. He failed to crack the first-team and was out of the squad for long spells.

Niasse will not be the only player leaving Everton. According to a club statement, Cuco Martina and Luke Garbutt are also on their way out. The only player who will play on is Leighton Baines. The 35-year-old left-back agreed to a short-term deal that will allow him to play on until the end of the season.

As for Niasse, there is no telling if some team will pick him up. Though there are a lot of names expected to be available this summer, his name has not been mentioned in any transfer speculations. Also, he may likely have to lower his wage expectations. After getting a lucrative deal in 2016, the best chance he has of hooking up with a new club is to lower his salary expectations. He could also end up getting a one-year deal first with clubs wanting to see if he can fit in.

Our Niasse of Everton competes with Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United
Our Niasse of Everton competes with Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United Getty Images | Justin Setterfield

The best performance Niasse had was during the start of the 2017-18 season. Unfortunately, his effort was not enough to earn a starting spot.

This season, he appeared in only three games. So far, he has nine goals and three assists to show across his name. When he was on loan to Hull and Cardiff, Niasse accounted for five goals in 33 games.

Everton director of football Marcel Brands is trying to find a way to clean up the club's wage bill. The exit of Niasse, Martin and Garbutt should help address their financial burden - something all clubs are dealing with right now. It also gives them a bit of flexibility as they target new blood come to the next transfer window. Among the names linked to The Blues include Adam Marusic and Denis Bouanga. With more financial flexibility, it remains to be seen if they can now afford these and other targets on their list.